Sunday, November 6, 2016

Beautiful and Special Weekend

My sister of the heart came to visit this weekend.

Shelley and I have
been friends since before we were each married.
We raised our kids side by side as neighbors.
I don't have any sisters so I claim Shelley.
I do have a sister in law whom I love dearly....this is not to exclude her in any way and
Shelley has a sister.... but she adds me in the sister of the heart category.

We talked until ....late...on Friday night/Saturday morning.
Then I got up early and made candles while everyone else in the house
slept in.  Crazy people!  Wasting daylight.

But when they did wake up it was a mad rush because at the last minute we were able
to get tickets to see Samson at 11 am.
Off we went.
I hadn't seen it since the employee premiere.
I didn't remember all there was to the show because of the big-ness of that night
and the many thoughts of "will this work" and "hope that stays up there".
When one's husband is in the technical area and a son is a rigger
you just kind of get caught up in those things the first time
you see the show.

So yesterday the message hit me a lot harder.
It's ALL about the grace.
God's Grace.
I seriously cried.
You can see that my eyes are still "messed up" in this photo.
Puffy face even.

But I just have to show you Shelley and Warren's mom, Georgia.

You know we are going through very hard times around here
and it was so very, very good to be reminded that grace 
is still a real thing.
Oh do we need it.
Every day....

After seeing the show we returned back to our house where Shelley and I spent the remainder of
the afternoon chilling, reading, napping and chatting.
Warren did something productive.
Couldn't tell you what it was...oh, wait!  He worked on a car.
That's what he did.

And then Shelley and I headed for the grocery store with hopes that an idea
for dinner would just jump out at us.
It didn't.
Well, not in the way we had hoped.
An idea of going out to eat jumped into our heads.
Both of our heads.
Felt it must have been meant to be.
So we got a few items and headed home to share the brilliance with Warren.
He agreed.
And so we went to C.R. Lapps.
It's a local place with great food and a pretty dining room.

It was the right thing to do.

In fact it was so right that after eating great meals
we left with two $5 pies and 5 quarts of free Chicken Pot Pie.
That's what happens when you listen to that little voice in your head 
at the grocery store!
Try it....or not. 
It might help if you are regulars there AND it is Saturday night AND
there is stuff they don't want to throw away.

Today was a good day at church.
Challenging but beautiful music....a good sermon.
A great time of prayer.

Then we met up with Chelsea and Chadd at Olive Garden.
The photos in this post were taken on our drive over.
I like it when Warren drives so I can snap pictures of the beauty
around us.  I don't like that he doesn't read my mind and slow down 
for every perfect shot. :-)
It is always wonderful to spend time with our kids.
Michael had popped in Friday evening 
so I got time with each of our three kids at some point
over the weekend.

Happy me.

This evening we headed over to Creekside Cottage for time around the fire.
With the storm chasing us home early last Sunday there were lots of hot dogs left.
The weather this evening was perfect for snuggling up to a campfire.
It was nippy!
But no last week.

Long time friends are pretty special.
So this weekend's theme was kind of about that.
First with Shelley.
A friendship of nearly 30 years.

With the Rabes and Pastor Mike.
Both Friendships of 15 -16 years.
Much changes and much stays the same.

There were some more recent friends there as well.
That's always nice!
Can one have too many friends?
I don't think so!
And besides, one of those friends, Jen, is so dear to me.
She is easy to like and full of wisdom.

Some of the newest and younger friends had their guitars 
with them tonight at the campfire.
We sang a bit.

And then the sleepy's started to set in.
I'm pretty sure they took longer than usual to set in because I had two glasses
of peach tea at Olive Garden.
I've been avoiding caffeine since the whole racing heart thing over the Summer.
But, man, I got a boost this afternoon.
I missed having that energy surge.
However, I'll still be very sparing when it comes to caffeine.

Driving around this weekend has been just so enjoyable....
with all of the color showing in the trees and bushes around.

It is more subtle around this one room schoolhouse but still so pretty.

Wouldn't you love to drive up that lane to your home?
I guess it depends on the home....but I'm imagining
something pretty special at the end of that driveway.

I asked Warren to go slowly so I could capture this tree without the 
telephone pole but there was someone behind us.
So....we got the pole.

Back to this evening.
It was still light when we arrived at Creekside Cottage.
Lindsay met us, on Sandy.
What a life, right?

Sandy was much more interested in the grass than she was in me.
But that's kind of to be expected.
Lindsay was kind enough to help Sandy "pose".
Beautiful young lady and her horse.

There are many things in this world to spend time thinking about.
Even worrying about when we allow it.
I wake up early with a lot of concerns on my mind.
But I refuse to just lay there and think about them.
It doesn't benefit anyone.
I get up and get busy.
At least I get my mind busy with a book or something.
And then there is prayer.
It changes things.
And so...the election is in that category.
Our children and their concerns are there too.
The health of those we love....yep, you guessed it.

And in the end it has to start and end in PRAISE!
Who am I to fear?
When HE has shown Himself to be so very faithful all through
these hard days, weeks, months and years.

I praise God for knowing and loving us...
for blessing us with friends.
And for people with talent to write shows such as Samson
that remind us that the author of Grace is still at work today.
Grace, Grace...God's Grace.
Grace that is Greater than all our sin!


Deanna Rabe said...

Its hard to believe we've been friends that many years! We are too young! ha ha!

I love sharing this stage of life with you, girl.

Lots to pray about, lots to trust HIM for. That's a good place to be.

Theresa said...

What a beautiful, inspiring post! I read every word and enjoyed the views around your home town! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Vee said...

Precious post...lovely countryside, great friends, and the amazing show sharing the truth of God's Word.

Doris said...

It is beautiful in Lancaster County. My backyard is so pretty, took so long to get there this year!
I thank God for his Grace. How I need it!
Praise is where our voice needs to go when anguish threatens to take over. How well I know that, yet, how many times it takes me too long to go there!
I'm glad you had such a heart-filled weekend!